Playing with Fire Dinner SeriesFeaturing Chef Tim Kolanko & Dogleg Brewing CompanyMay 13, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chef Tim Kolanko from Urban Kitchen Group will show off his talents during a collaborative Playing with Fire dinner with The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ venerable Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Hosted on The Grill’s patio overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course, every event includes selections of various proteins and seasonal sides cooked over a wood-burning fire. Guests will also enjoy pours from this event's featured local brewery Dogleg Brewing Company.

$135 per person (+ tax)

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits MAKE Projects, a San Diego nonprofit that empowers refugee and immigrant women and youth with the job readiness skills to achieve their dreams.

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Chef Timothy Kolanko

Like many great chefs, Chef Kolanko began his career washing dishes while moving through the ranks from the ground up. With a degree in Culinary Arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Tim landed a job in the kitchen of the legendary Tapawingo restaurant in 2000. There, under Executive Chef Stuart Brioza, Tim began to develop his own unique style of cooking, blending simplicity with seasonal and local foods. With an opportunity to cook in Aspen under Executive Chef Charles Dale, Tim joined the team at one of Colorado’s most luxurious restaurants, the former Renaissance.

In 2002, Tim was invited to be a part of the opening culinary team at La Jolla’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines under Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, and in 2005, he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine of A.R. Valentien. Here he spent the next seven years refining his fresh, ingredient-driven cuisine. Tim Kolanko now leads the impressive culinary program at Urban Kitchen Group.

Playing with Fire Dinner Menu


This Playing with Fire dinner event features a curated multi-course menu by Guest Chef Tim Kolanko and Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Look forward to wood-fired proteins, seasonal sides, and a delicious dessert as well as beer from Dogleg Brewing Company.

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